Kyler Murray

Arizona Cardinals
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Unlikely to be ready for Week 1

Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Hopkins (knee) "probably" won't be ready for Week 1 of 2023, ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss reports.

Analysis: Kingsbury mentioned Murray on Friday when explaining his decision to hold Colt McCoy (concussion) out from the Week 18 contest and start David Blough. It's not clear Kingsbury will still be the team's coach beyond January, but he did say he's been in contact with Murray, who had successful surgery Tuesday to address an ACL tear and meniscus injury. The 25-year-old could be looking at a slightly longer timeline than the norm for QBs returning from ACL tears, as most of the guys that made it back for Week 1 after late-season injuries suffered clean tears without additional damage like Murray's meniscus. That said, it's still early in the process -- too early to rule out Murray for Week 1 of 2023.

Jan 4, 2023 2:45 PM EST


Has knee surgery

Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Murray underwent knee surgery Tuesday on the injury that ended his 2022 season on Dec. 12, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The procedure included an ACL reconstruction and a meniscus repair on Murray's right knee and not his left one, per Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com. Murray thus will be focusing on rehab in the offseason and is a prime candidate to begin training camp on the active/PUP list, which would give the Cardinals time to determine if he'll be ready for Week 1 of next season. With just one game remaining in the current campaign, the team has shut down veteran quarterback Colt McCoy (concussion), allowing David Blough to lead the offense and Trace McSorley to be the backup.

Jan 4, 2023 12:17 PM EST



Could recover in 6-to-8 months

Murray is believed to have suffered a "clean" ACL tear in Monday's 27-13 loss to the Patriots and is scheduled to undergo surgery along with another procedure to stitch up the meniscus in his left knee at some point between Christmas Day and New Year's Day, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: According to Rapoport, Murray will "pre-hab" for two or three weeks before surgery, with the decision to delay the procedure expected to provide ample time for the swelling in his knee to dissipate while enabling the quarterback to maintain as much flexibility as possible. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that once he has the surgery, Murray will require an estimated 6-to-8 months of recovery time. If that timeline holds, Murray should be on track to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, though he could be limited at the start of training camp and may not be available for preseason action. In the meantime, the Cardinals plan to have veteran Colt McCoy start the remaining four games of the current season, beginning with Sunday's matchup with the Broncos.

Dec 18, 2022 5:52 AM EST


Planning for post-holiday surgery

Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Wednesday that Murray is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery to repair the torn ACL in his left knee at some point after Christmas, Jose M. Romero of The Arizona Republic reports.

Analysis: Though Murray's managers in dynasty or keeper leagues would probably prefer that he have his procedure as soon as possible to increase his odds of being ready to go for the start of the 2023 season, Kingsbury suggested that delaying the surgery until after the holiday won't necessarily prevent the quarterback from being ready to go for Week 1. Kingsbury said that he "wouldn't put anything past" Murray, including making a return to 100 percent health from the surgery after eight months of rehab and recovery. Even if Murray were to receive full medical clearance eight months post-surgery, he'll still miss training camp and a portion of the Cardinals' preseason slate. As for the current season, the 4-9 Cardinals plan to have Colt McCoy start the final four games as the team plays out the string.

Dec 15, 2022 10:35 AM EST


Goes on IR

Arizona placed Murray (knee) on injured reserve Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: The transaction was merely a procedural move after Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury confirmed Tuesday that Murray suffered a season-ending ACL tear in Monday's 27-13 loss to the Patriots. Murray is likely to undergo surgery at some point in the upcoming days, and given the recovery timeline typically associated with the procedure, he may not receive full medical clearance ahead of Week 1 of the 2023 season. More updates on where Murray stands in his recovery should come once he's at least a few months removed from the procedure, but the Cardinals are likely to turn to Colt McCoy to start the final four games of the 2022 campaign.

Dec 14, 2022 1:26 PM EST



ACL tear confirmed

Murray was diagnosed Tuesday with a season-ending torn ACL after suffering the left knee injury during ACL during Monday's 27-13 loss to New England, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Murray tried to scramble on the third play of Monday's game and fell to the turf while attempting to cut. The non-contact injury immediately sparked speculation that the quarterback tore his ACL, which has been confirmed through his MRI. He was carted to the locker room and replaced by Colt McCoy, who played admirably until a game-sealing interception late in the fourth quarter. Murray will now turn his sights on rehabbing ahead of 2023 campaign, while McCoy looks poised to start Arizona's final four games of the season. The 2019 No. 1 overall pick will finish his fourth NFL campaign with 2,368 passing yards (66 percent completion), 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also ran 67 times for 418 yards and three additional scores.

Dec 13, 2022 10:54 AM EST


Likely suffered significant injury

Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury said that Murray's left knee injury "doesn't look good" following Monday's 27-13 loss to the Patriots, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Kingsbury added that he'd never seen Murray in as bad of shape as he was after Monday's loss, according to Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com. Kingsbury did not provide additional details about the status of Murray's knee other than saying that the team would "know more in the morning," per Urban. The star quarterback is already scheduled to undergo an MRI, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, though it appears this examination will likely confirm a season-ending injury for Murray. Even if the worst-possible outcome is avoided, the Cardinals may take a precautious approach after falling to 4-9 on the season Monday night. In this case, it's likely that veteran Colt McCoy will take over under center for the final four games of the regular season.

Dec 12, 2022 9:31 PM EST


Downgraded to out

Murray (knee) has been downgraded to out for the remainder of Monday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: Murray was originally deemed questionable, but it was already a foregone conclusion that he would miss the rest of Monday's game. He was crying on the cart after suffering the non-contact knee injury, realizing that a season-ending injury is the likeliest outcome at this point. Colt McCoy replaced Murray under center Monday.

Dec 12, 2022 6:05 PM EST


Suffers non-contact injury on MNF

Murray (knee) is questionable to return to Monday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: While scrambling on the third play of the game, Murray suffered a non-contact injury, per James Palmer of NFL Network. The injury's non-contact nature immediately conjures fear of a season-ending torn ACL. It also looked similar to the one that Zach Wilson suffered in preseason, and Wilson ended up missing "only" six weeks with a meniscus tear and bone bruise. A clearer picture of Murray's recovery timetable will surface after further testing, but he's almost certainly done for the game after being carted off the field.

Dec 12, 2022 5:28 PM EST


Three total scores in loss

Murray completed 18 of 29 passes for 191 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 25-24 loss to the Chargers. He added seven rushes for 56 yards and an additional score.

Analysis: Murray returned from a two-game absence and had both Marquise Brown and DeAndre Hopkins on the field for the first time this season. Even so, he wasn't all that efficient as a passer by averaging only 6.6 yards per attempt. He offset that mark with passing scores of 33 and six yards, his third consecutive game with multiple touchdowns through the air. Significantly, Murray was also active on the ground -- he chipped in a five-yard rushing score -- despite his recent recovery from a hamstring injury. The Cardinals will immediately head into their Week 13 bye, but this performance may be an indication that Murray is in for a strong close to the campaign.

Nov 27, 2022 5:58 PM EST


Returning to action

Murray (hamstring) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Full practice participation Wednesday through Friday removed most doubt, and coach Kliff Kingsbury confirmed Friday that the Cardinals believe Murray to be 100 percent healthy, Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com reports. While there's always risk of an in-game setback with hamstring injuries, it doesn't sound like Murray will have any limitations this weekend against a less-than-stellar Chargers defense that's been about average at stopping the pass and something less than that versus the run.

Nov 25, 2022 1:30 PM EST


Logs full practice Wednesday

Murray (hamstring) practiced fully Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: All signs are pointing in the right direction for Murray putting an end to a two-game absence Sunday against the Chargers. First, coach Kliff Kingsbury met with the media Wednesday, telling Urban that Murray is "definitely trending in the right direction." Murray was asked about his availability for Week 12 a short time later, relaying to Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com that he believes he'll return. With the release of Arizona's first injury report of the week and his subsequent listing as full, Murray seem poised to be back under center for the Cards, replacing Colt McCoy.

Nov 23, 2022 1:02 PM EST


Making progress, per Kingsbury

Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Tuesday that Murray has made "quite a bit" of progress with his hamstring injury, Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com reports.

Analysis: Murray is on the heels of back-to-back absences due to the health concern, and even though he again was questionable ahead of Monday's game against the 49ers, he apparently wasn't an option to suit up, per Josina Anderson of CBS Sports. Kingsbury reiterated as much Tuesday, saying the Cardinals want Murray to be "full throttle" before clearing him to return. The team's next game arrives Sunday versus the Chargers, which is followed by a Week 13 bye. If Murray ends up sitting out this weekend, he won't have a chance to play again until Monday, Dec. 12 against the Patriots, at the earliest, leaving backup Colt McCoy another start under center.

Nov 22, 2022 1:41 PM EST


Another absence in Week 11

Murray (hamstring) is inactive for Monday's game versus the 49ers in Mexico City, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Murray has been tending to a hamstring injury for two weeks running, which has capped his reps in the five sessions in which he was able to participate. While the Cardinals considered him a game-time decision ahead of the last two contests, he had less than a 50/50 chance to play both times and ended up among the team's inactives. Murray again will hand over the offense to backup quarterback Colt McCoy, who dealt with a knee issue during Week 11 prep. However, with back-to-back full practices behind him, McCoy will look to continue his decent work from a Week 10 win at the Rams (238 yards and one touchdown on 70.3 percent passing).

Nov 21, 2022 3:50 PM EST


Looks to be trending toward absence

Murray (hamstring), who is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the 49ers in Mexico City, appears unlikely to be available to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: After sitting out last week's win over the Rams with the hamstring injury, Murray took part in practices Thursday through Saturday, though merely as a limited participant. Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Friday that Murray was likely trending toward a game-time call Monday, but as the 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff approaches, the quarterback doesn't look as though he's made enough progress in his recovery to be available. Colt McCoy is thus trending toward another start, with Trace McSorley likely to step in as his backup. Official word on Murray's status will come when Arizona releases its inactive list 90 minutes prior to kickoff.

Nov 21, 2022 6:30 AM EST


Officially questionable for Monday

Murray (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the 49ers, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury hinted Murray would be a game-time decision earlier this week and the team's final injury report seems to follow that cadence. Backup quarterback Colt McCoy does not carry an injury designation into the pivotal divisional matchup, so it'll be interesting to see how the Cardinals choose to operate. It's unclear if the Mexico City location for Monday's prime-time game plays a part in the equation, but either way expect more information prior to the 8:15 p.m. ET start time.

Nov 19, 2022 2:59 PM EST


Headed for game-time decision

Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Friday that he expects Murray (hamstring) to be a game-time decision Monday against the 49ers, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Murray was considered a game-time decision last week after a pair of limited practices and didn't end up playing in a win over the Rams. He'll presumably have a better chance this time around, though he remains limited in practice and was seen Friday working with the training staff to test the injured hamstring. The Cardinals will release their final injury report Saturday.

Nov 18, 2022 11:13 AM EST


Officially limited Thursday

Murray (hamstring) was limited at Thursday's practice, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The same can be said for backup quarterback Colt McCoy (knee), who filled in for Murray this past Sunday at the Rams. Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Wednesday that he wouldn't be ready to make a decision on the Week 11 starter against the 49ers until later this week, but neither player appears to be ahead of the other at the moment. How the pair fares in practice Friday and Saturday likely will be the determining factor for Murray to keep his absence to just one game.

Nov 17, 2022 4:27 PM EST


Decision on starting QB to come

Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Wednesday that he'll make a decision on the Cardinals' starting quarterback between Murray (hamstring) and Colt McCoy (knee) for Monday's game against the 49ers later this week, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Murray already has been termed day-to-day by Kingsbury, who also relayed Monday that McCoy is tending to a minor knee issue. With the health of both quarterbacks up in the air, the statuses of both at practice Thursday through Saturday could be telling for who among the two will get the nod for Arizona in Week 11. McCoy filled in for an absent Murray this past Sunday at the Rams, leading the Cards to a much-needed fourth win of the season. Still, when both players are 100 percent, Murray is the clear-cut option to direct the offense.

Nov 16, 2022 3:35 PM EST


Remains day-to-day

Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday that Murray (hamstring) remains day-to-day, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: After not practicing Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, Murray logged back-to-back limited sessions to end Week 10 prep, but he was still sidelined for Sunday's matchup. Colt McCoy drew the start in Murray's absence and was efficient while leading Arizona to a divisional win. Murray's status for Monday's matchup against San Francisco will likely become clearer when Arizona releases its initial Week 11 injury report.

Nov 14, 2022 12:57 PM EST


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